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Home From the Apple

Amazing week back east.

Thanks to our friends at HBO, we got to see Alan Cummings in CABARET.  Incredible.  The movie is an all time favorite of mine, but this was the first time I've seen it live on stage.  Hard to believe anyone could equal the performance of Joel Grey as the emcee, but Cummings does it... thought his take is very different.  We had great seats too.  A night to remember.

Next day I took off to Providence with Tom Doherty, for an evening at Brown University, where both of us were honored with their new literary award.  I have passed through Providence dozens of times on the Acela, travelling from Boston to NYC, but this was the first time I got off the train.  It's a beautiful city, though, and the Brown campus is gorgeous.  For those of you were not able to attend, here's a video:

 My thanks to the good folks at Brown, and all the students who attended the event and the reception afterwards (which was great fun, albeit too short).  While in Providence, I also got to visit the grave of H.P. Lovecraft... who, sadly, failed to rise from the dead to greet us.

Then it was back to New York, with a brief stop in New Haven for pizza.  This trip we tried Modern Apizza, which has its fans.  Pretty good, I thought, but not as good as Frank Pepe's.

Come the weekend, I spent Saturday with my family in Bayonne.  On Sunday, we had tickets to the Jets game.  The horror, the horror.  What can I possibly say about the Jets game?  The Jets turned over the ball six times.  Could have been eight, but they recovered two of their own fumbles. Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the first quarter alone.  Geno is hopeless.  Rex finally went with Michael Vick, who was better... but Vick is not the answer either.  He's on the downside of his career.  Rex should give Matt Simms a shot.   I miss Sanchez.  I miss Chad Pennington.  I miss Joe Willie Namath.  Anyway, it was a painful morning, made worse by the fact that we seemed to be sitting among the Buffalo fans, all of them cheering wildly every time the Jets screwed up.  (That being said, two of the Buffalo fans were fans of mine.  They said hello when I finally gave up and got up to flee... and refrained from pouring salt in my wounds, which was very kind of them).

Sunday night was much better.  That was the big event at the 92nd Street Y to launch THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.  A full house, and all of them went home with a copy of the book.  Here's the video for that one:


On our last day, I appeared on LATE NIGHT with Seth Meyers, which was a hoot and a half, especially since Amy Poehler was there as well.

Of course, I also signed a thousand books, did interviews with New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera America, and George Stephanopoulos, had dinner with my editors and publishers at Bantam, lunch with HBO, some Papaya King dogs with X-Ray and Mr X, breakfasts with friends from DC Comic, Barnes & Noble, and Simon & Schuster...

And while I was there, I had not one but TWO new books come out, and immediately hit the bestseller lists.

Weeks like that don't come very often.

(Nonetheless, as always, it is great to be back in Santa Fe.  Coming back to New Mexico is always a joy).


Oct. 31st, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
New Mexico!
I too am from North Jersey (Elizabeth! Have you ever been there?!) and I'm just curious about why you moved to New Mexico? Is it to get away from the cold? Is there anything in particular that drew you there? Thanks and go Giants/Yankees :)
Oct. 31st, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
"I miss Sanchez. I miss Chad Pennington. I miss Joe Willie Namath."
Even throw Tim Tebow in there LOL. Jets should've drafted Oberyn Manziel, imagine how much fun he would've been?

Glad to hear you had a nice time back east. So jealous...I live in AZ currently but am originally from NY and especially miss the beautiful autumns.
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:10 am (UTC)
What a great slice of life! Glad you enjoyed Seth. Our Steelers were looking pretty hopeless, but have regrouped of late. The offense is getting it done. Big game against the Ravens upcoming.
Oct. 31st, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
Saw Alan Cummings back in May and is was just perfect in the show. I want to see it again with Emma Stone as Sally Bowles.
Oct. 31st, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
Wow looks like you had a great trip - lots of 'celebrity' moments as well as some quiet time, hopefully out of the spotlight.

Isn't Amy lovely??

Also heard about the big raise in regards to Game of Thrones, as well as a promising look that there will be a season seven.

Now it's back to the World of ice and Fire - I'm enjoying it! It's going well but slow, as I amalso reading another book as well.
Oct. 31st, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the award
Very cool about the award! :)

I'm also tired of Thrones being the most Emmy nominated series around, and then getting snubbed! Breaking Bad, of course, had the same problem for years, sans the actor wins for Bryan, but now that Bad is over, it's high time Thrones won a few!

Always the bridesmaid.

Oct. 31st, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Football Travels
At least you didn't have to get up at 9:00am on a Sunday morning to watch your team blow a 21 point lead in London as did we poor Falcon Fans. London Bridge is falling indeed.

Its the curse of the Vikereno now transfered to NY Jets.

But I enjoyed God Save the Queen being sung before the game.

At least my copy of World of I&F came. Great art (would have loved even more - greedy momenent). Haven't dived into text yet as I'm in the middle of one of S.L. Stirlings modern middle ages novels (SCA rules!) For those dying to get Windy - a gentle reminder that other fine works of mystery and imagination exist to keep us busy till it arrives.

Oct. 31st, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
I fully agree with your sentiments about returning to New Mexico.

Alas, in my case, I only get there for a visit every year or two. After spending my first 23 years there, I've lived in Illinois or California for the last 25 years.
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Brown University Interview
This is just one fan's opinion. I don't want you to think all of your fans feel you should be chained to your keyboard. I am eagerly awaiting TWoW and I want it yesterday, but the big picture is each and every person deserves to live their life as they see fit. No fan should be allowed to dictate your daily schedule no matter how much we love this series and want the next installment. You have earned your fame, but your time still belongs to you.

I love your series and will wait as long as it takes to finish the journey. I will be grateful for that gift.
Ray Feighery
Oct. 31st, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
The Seth Myers interview was very enjoyable. I will have to be sure to bring you a Seattle treat (and a sword) to Worldcon net year! :)

Hope you had fun in my hometown (Providence). I actually grew up just down the street from Swan Point cemetery. Virtually impossible to live in Providence and not literally encounter Lovecraft's legacy.
Nov. 1st, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Always a pleasure to hang out with you and P. mmmmm hotdogs.
Nov. 1st, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
That was a great interview! Thanks for posting.
Nov. 1st, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
I know I'm "nobody", but, DAMN it all...had I known you'd be in New Haven for the famous Pizza, I'd have met you there since I live near there! I did love the 92Y event. that was me wearing my wolf sanctuary T shirt! :)

Edited at 2014-11-01 04:58 am (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
I loved how you mixed it up yourself and said "A Game of Ice and Fire" at the beginning of the Brown interview :D

Too bad the question about race and gender wasn't very well-phrased, I would have liked to hear more from you about these issues, but you seemed a bit tense about them. Hopefully next time the interviewer acts a bit more cautious, because on other occasions you were more open about these topics...
Nov. 2nd, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
I miss Vinnie. That season. What could have been.


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